The Government will appeal the High Court's ruling that the detention policy adopted by UK forces in Afghanistan was unlawful, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said.
I am disappointed by the court’s decision. We cannot send our Armed Forces into battle with both hands tied behind their backs.
Our troops engaged in operations must be able to detain our enemies who aim to maim and kill UK service personnel and innocent civilians.
The Government will appeal the judgment. It cannot be right for the ECHR to apply on the battlefield, restricting the ability of our troops to operate in combat.
If we do not succeed on appeal, we will examine other options open to us. We will not allow our combat effectiveness to be constrained by this judgment.
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